ごくごく (goku goku) Gulping Sound

【 ごくごく・goku goku 】gulping sound

麦茶(むぎちゃ)をごくごくと()んだ。
(mugicha wo goku goku to nonda)
gulped down barley tea

ビールをごくごくと()んだ。
(bīru wo goku goku to nonda)
I gulped down the beer.

*()む (nomu) = drink

Japanese is rich in onomatopoeic expressions (4500!) and are useful for articulating a sound, state or emotion.

Some are difficult to give the exact translation or description, so in general, it’s helpful to remember them in pairs with the corresponding verb or noun, as in

ごくごく(と) + のむ = gulp down

*The と adds focus to the manner, but it can be omitted.

The opposite of ごくごく is ちびちび (chibi chibi).

ウィスキーをちびちびと()んだ。
(uisukī wo chibi chibi to nonda)
I sipped on the whiskey.

ちびちび(と) + のむ = sip


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